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Girls Varsity Softball vs. Jennings County HS School

Game Date
Apr 27, 2021

Panthers rally late for extra-inning win vs. Olympians

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Of all the losses in what has now become an 11-game losing streak for Columbus East softball, Tuesday’s setback against Jennings County might have been the most painful.

The Olympians led 4-1 with two out in the top of the seventh, only to see the Panthers score four runs to take the lead. Then, after tying the game at 5-5 and having runners on second and third with nobody out in the bottom of the seventh, East couldn’t plate the winning run.

Jennings then scored six times in the top of the eighth to claim an 11-5 Hoosier Hills Conference victory.

“It’s 4-1 and you have two outs, somebody just has to make a play,” East coach Rusty Brummett said. “We didn’t execute a couple things. Even when they tied it up, we got a run there in the bottom of the seventh inning and had runners at second and third with nobody out and didn’t execute a squeeze play.”

The Panthers (6-9, 1-1) cut the lead to 4-3 in the seventh on a two-run double by Skylar Weber. Tori Lee then followed with a single, and Weber came home on an error, with Lee going to second. Delaynee McCreary doubled to left to score Lee with the go-ahead run.

“We as a team don’t back down from anything,” Lee said. “So our confidence level was high because we believed in each other, and we knew that if one person got a hit, we would rally on top of that. It was just being able to believe in our teammates.”

The Olympians (2-13, 0-3) weren’t finished, though. Kenzie Foster led off the bottom of the seventh with a single, went to second on a bunt single by Kaitlin Brummett and scored on a hit by Julia Sitterding. But after the runners moved up to second and third on the throw to the plate, East tried a suicide squeeze, but popped up the bunt, and the runner was doubled off third.

After Jennings got out of that inning, it went to work in the eighth against East’s Megan Kennedy, who came on in relief of Kaylee Smith. Ashley Meade delivered the go-ahead single with the bases loaded and one out.

A walk to Weber forced in a run, and a hit by Lee plated another. McCreary walked to forced in another run, a single by Kenzie Matern scored one and a sacrifice fly by Shelby Wilson plated the final run.

“We’re pretty deep, as far as making substitutions, and some of the changes we made to give a couple others changes, they came up big,” Jennings coach Bobby Willis said. “One of the ones that was a sub drove in the go-ahead run there in that last inning to start that inning.”

Lee finished 3 for 5, and Weber went 2 for 3 with three RBIs to lead the Panthers at the plate. Avery Zamora went 2 for 3, and McCreary had two RBIs.

Matern pitched the final four innings to pick up the win in relief of Wilson.

“This is a confidence booster for us,” Lee said. “We have been struggling, but I think a nice win like this in extra innings has given us the opportunity to thrive and continue on to our next game.”

Foster led East with a 3-for-4 day at the plate. Kaylee Cole went 2 for 3.

“In four of the last five ballgames we’ve played, we’ve gotten up and just couldn’t hold on,” Brummett said. “We’re getting closer. We’re getting better. But we’re halfway through our season, so you can no longer use inexperience and youth and that kind of stuff as an excuse. We just have to start executing.”

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